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The Greatest: The Haile Gebrselassie Story

Denison, Jim

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ISBN 10: 1891369482 / ISBN 13: 9781891369483
Editorial: Breakaway Books, 2004
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Título: The Greatest: The Haile Gebrselassie Story

Editorial: Breakaway Books

Año de publicación: 2004

Encuadernación: Paperback

Condición del libro: Good

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Two Olympic 10,000m golds; eight world championships indoors and outdoors; seventeen world records over four different distances; a fifty-four race winning streak Haile Gebrselassie utterly dominated a decade of distance running. The Greatest is his authorized biography, written by Jim Denison, who worked on it with Haile for over two years, visited him in Ethiopia, and traveled with him on the European track circuit. Haile’s life story is fascinating, detailing his early years of hard poverty in war-torn Ethiopia, his relentless training, his rise to godlike status in the track world, and the good works he has done for his country with his fame and fortune. Most of all it is a glimpse of the kind, fascinating man behind all the records and medals.

Haile Gebrselassie is the best distance runner I have seen in the last quarter-
century, the most electrifying personality, and somewhat of an enigma, given his Ethiopian roots. With this wonderful book, Jim Denison allows the whole world to learn more about Haile The Great, a distance-running star whose brilliance won’t soon be forgotten.”
Amby Burfoot, executive editor, Runner’s World, and 1968 Boston Marathon winner

Be in no doubt Haile is the greatest distance runner the world has ever seen.”
Dave Bedford, former 10,000m world record holder,
and currently race director for the London Marathon

Haile is an elegant champion and a fine example of sportsmanship.”
Lasse Viren, Olympic double-gold medalist

In my view Haile is the greatest distance runner of all time and a fantastic testimony to his legacy is that the man who is going to challenge for that title the greatest’ has been nurtured by Haile and his coach, Dr. Wolde-Meskel Kostre. Haile has taken care of the present and he is passing on the baton to the future, to one of his pupils, Kenenisa Bekele.”
Brendan Foster, MBE, 1976 Olympic bronze medalist 10,000m, former world record holder 3000m, and presently Track and Field Commentator for the BBC

Haile’s accomplishment is a class act on and off the track. He is not only admired for his running, but his universal smile (whether he wins or finishes second).”
Meb Kheflezighi, two-time Olympian and American record holder for 10,000m

About the Author:

Originally from New York, Jim Denison currently lives and works in England. He is the editor of The Coach, a bi-monthly magazine for track and field coaches, and his features on running appear regularly in Athletics Weekly. He is the author of BANNISTER AND BEYOND: The Mystique of the Four-Minute Mile. Denison is also a lecturer in sports sociology at the University of Bath.

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